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Ming Qian Chen's 'Valence #2'

Ming Qian Chen has been a potter for thirty-five years. This is remarkable because it was at about that time that a renaissance of Taiwanese ceramicists birthed a new and distinct aesthetic and school. The Hualien native fell in love with pottery watching NHK (national television) specials about Sen no Rikyu and the origins of Raku in 1986. Very much before the Internet, he went to libraries, then bookstores to learn everything he could. Every time a Raku or Shino ware exhibition came anywhere to Taiwan, he took a train and went. While a Junior in college, he met another artist through a mutual friend at a pottery workshop—they are still married today.

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